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West Virginia News

West Virginia’s governor to Virginia counties: Join us

By JULIE ZAUZMER The Washington Post MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — As Virginia's new Democratic majority ushers through a raft of liberal proposals on issues including gun control and abortion, West Virginia's governor is making an unusual proposal to disgruntled Virginians: Break away. Gov. ...

West Virginia officials mark start of Black History Month

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are marking the start of Black History Month. A series of monthlong events begins with a celebration Monday in the Governor's Reception Room at the state Capitol in Charleston. It will include a proclamation by Gov. Jim Justice, remarks by ...

Several elk transported from Arizona to WVa died of parasite

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly one-third of the elk herd transported to West Virginia two years ago died from a parasite, a wildlife official said. White-tailed deer carry but apparently are unaffected by brainworms, which can be deadly to other antlered animals. Randy Kelley, the West ...

‘Floating dump truck’ will help create fish habitat in WV

By JOHN MCCOY The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Like Capt. Quint in the movie "Jaws," Aaron Yeager needed a bigger boat. Now he has one, and with it he'll be able to create more and bigger fish habitat in some of West Virginia's most popular lakes. The boat, a former ...

West Virginia gets $131M in FEMA funds for flooded schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice's office announced on Friday that West Virginia will receive more than $131 million (118 million euros) to replace schools in Nicholas County that were destroyed by flooding in 2016. The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and ...

Falwell and W.Va. governor pitch Virginia secession plea

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In what they acknowledged is a long-shot bid, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged unhappy Virginia counties Tuesday to secede and join a neighboring state ...

Senate passes bill to give students college, wage data

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia students may soon get detailed reports on college costs and in-demand jobs under a bill passed Monday by the Senate. Lawmakers unanimously approved the measure, dubbed the Students' Right-to-Know Act, sending it to ...

Lightsaber lessons: W. Virginia school offers special course

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Growing up, Danielle Strenko remembers watching the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. A couple of years ago, she found herself at PopCon, where she came across The Outer Rim Praxeum Lightsaber School, a group of individuals who use their passion and skills within ...

Fewer candidates seek WVa Supreme Court seats after scandal

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A little over a year removed from an impeachment scandal that included pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court's lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are ...

West Virginia spring cleanup looking for volunteer groups

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are looking for volunteers to help clean up litter on state streams or public lands. The WV Make It Shine Program will provide resources such as cleanup materials, waste hauling and landfill fees to community groups that volunteer for the ...